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Atari 2600 The Atari 2600 is a video game console released in September 1977 by Atari, Inc. It is credited with popularizing the use of microprocessor-based hardware and ROM cartridges containing game code, a format first used with the Fairchild Channel F, instead of having non-microprocessor dedicated hardware with all games built in. The console was originally sold as the Atari VCS, for Video Computer System. Following the release of the Atari 5200, in 1982, the VCS was renamed "Atari 2600", after the unit's Atari part number, CX2600. The 2600 was typically bundled with two joystick controllers, a conjoined pair of paddle controllers, and a cartridge game—initially Combat and later Pac-Man. The Atari 2600 was wildly successful, and during much of the 1980s, "Atari" was a synonym for this model in mainstream media and, by extension, for video games in general. The Atari 2600 was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame at The Strong in Rochester, New York in 2007. In 2009, the Atari 2600 was named the second greatest video game console of all time by IGN, who cited its remarkable role as the console behind both the first video game boom and the video game crash of 1983, and called it "the console that our entire industry is built upon."

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Here are the highest rated Atari 2600 cartridges in this collection: Frogger, River Raid, California Games, Chopper Command and Dragonfire. Please be aware that there were many not-excellent cartridges produced for the Atari 2600 and some of the games should be observed but moved on from pretty quickly.

Playable Cartridges

Through use of the JSMESS emulation system, the following cartridges are playable at the Internet Archive.

3D Genesis 3D Ghost Attack A-Team
The Activision Decathalon Adventures of Tron Air Raiders
Airlock Alien Alligator People
Amidar Androman on the Moon Angling
Angriff Der Luftflotten Apples and Dolls Armor Ambush
Artillery Duel Assault Astroblast
Astrowar Atari VCS Point of Purchase Aufruhr Im Zoo
Autorennen Bachelor Party Bachelorette Party
Bank Heist Barnstorming Base Attack
Baseball Beamrider Beany Bopper
Beat 'em and Eat 'em Berenstain Bears Bermuda Triangle
Bibi Bloody Human Freeway Blueprint
Bobby is Going Home Boggle Boom Bang
Boxing Buck Rogers: Planet of Zoom Bugs
Bump N Jump Bumper Bash Burgertime
Burning Desire Busy Police Cakewalk Bakery
California Games Care Bears (Prototype) Carnival
Cat Trax Catch Time Cathouse Blues
Chase the Chuckwagon Checkers China Syndrome
Chopper Command Chuck Norris Superkicks Color Bar Generator
Commando Commando Raid Condor Attack
Confrontation Congo Bongo Cosmic Ark
Cosmic Commuter Cosmic Corridor Cosmic Creeps
Cosmic Swarm Termite Crackpots Crash Dive
Cross Force Cruise Missile Crypts of Chaos
Cubicolor Custer's Revenge Deadly Duck
Death Trap Demolition Herby Demon Attack
Diagnostic Test Cartridge 2.0 Diagnostic Test Cartridge 2.6 Dice Puzzle
Dishaster / Dancing Plate Dolphin Double Dragon
Dragonfire Dragster Dungeon Dark Chambers (Beta)
Earth Attack / Defender The Earth Dies Screaming Eggomania
Eli's Ladder Elk Attack Encounter at 1-5 / Megalon Invasion
Enduro The Entity Entombed / Maze Chase
Espial Exocet Fantastic Voyage
Farmyard Fun / Play Farm Video Fast Eddie Fast Food
Fathom Final Approach Fire Fighters
Fire Fly Fisher Price / Skindiver Fishing Derby
Frankenstein's Monster Freeway Frisco
Frogger Frogs and Flies Front Line
Frostbite Funky Fish G.I. Joe - Cobra Strike
Gameline Master Module Gamma Attack Gangster Alley
Gauntlet Ghost Manor Ghostbusters
Gigolo Glacier Patrol Glib Video Word Game
Go Home Monster Gopher Attack Grand Prix
Grand Prize / Enduro Funvision Great Escape / Asteroid Fire Guardian Cosmic Combat
Gyruss H.E.R.O. Halloween
Halo 2600 Harbor Escape / River Raid Harem
Hole Hunter aka Topy I Want My Mommy Ice Hockey
Imagic Selector ROM Immies and Aggies Inca Gold / Spider Kong
Infiltrate International Soccer Ixion
James Bond 007 Jaw Breaker Journey: Escape
Jungle Fever Kabobber Kamikaze Saucers
Karate Keystone Kapers Keystone Kapers
King Kong Knight on the Town Kool-Aid Man
Kung Fu Master Kyphus Lady in Wading
Laser Blast Laser Gates Inner Space Laser Volley
Lasercade Lilly Adventure Lockjaw
Lock N' Chase London Blitz Looping
Lord of the Rings Lost Luggage M.A.S.H.
MAD Malagai Mangia
Marauder Marine Wars MASH
Master Builder Masters of the Universe McDonalds Golden Arches Adventure
Mega Force Megaboy Megamania: A Space Nightmare
Meltdown - Atom Smasher Mighty Mouse / Gopher Miner 2049er Starring Bounty Bob
Miner 2049er Volume II Mines of Minos Mission 3000 AD
Misterious Thief Montezuma's Revenge Featuring Panama Joe Moonsweeper
Moto Laser / Mega Force Motocross Racer Mountain King
Mr. Postman Mysterious Thief Name This Game
Nightmare Nuts Ocean City / Atlantis
Off Your Rocker Open Sesame Out of Control
Pac Kong / Spider Kong Pega Ladrao Pete Rose Baseball
Phantom Tank Pharoah's Curse Philly Flasher
Pick Up Picnic - Catch the Fly Piece 'o Cake
Pinball / Video Pinball Pitfall Pitfall II: Lost Caverns
Pizza Chef / Pizza Time Planet of the Apes Plaque Attack
Playground Pleiades Plug Attack / Plaque Attack
Polaris Pompeii Labrynth Pooyan
Popeye Porky's Pressure Cooker
Private Eye Q-Bert's Qubes Quest for Quintana Roo
R. Hood Racing Car Racquetball
Radar / Exocet Raft Rider Ram It
Reactor Red Vs. Blue Football Rescue Terra I
Resgate Espacial / Moonsweeper Revenge of the Beefsteak Tomatoes Riddle of the Sphinx
River Raid River Raid II River Raid III
Robot Tank Roc N' Rope Rocky and Bullwinkle
Room of Doom Save Our Ship Save the Whales
Scuba Diver / Skindiver Sea Hunt Sea Monster
Sea Monster / Monstre Des Mers Seaquest Secret Agent
Shark Attack / Lochjaw Shootin Gallery Shuttle Orbiter
Sinistar Sir Lancelot Skateboardin'
Skeet Shoot Skiing / Le Ski Sky Patrol / Aerial Ace
Sky Skipper Smurf - Rescue in Gargamel's Castle Sneak N' Peek / Hide N' Seek
Soccer / International Soccer Solar Fox Solar Storm
Sorcerer Space Adventure / Flash Gordon Space Canyon / Space Cavern
Space Jockey Space Robert Space Shuttle - A Journey Into Space
Spacechase Spacemaster X-7 Spider-Man
Spider Fighter Spider Maze / Spider Kong Spiderdroid / Amidar
Spike's Peak Spinning Fireball Spitfire Attack Flight Commander
Springer Spy Hunter Squeeze Box
Snail Against Squirrel SSSnake Stampede
Star Fox Star Trek - Strategic Operations Star Voyager
Star Wars - Jedi Arena Star Wars - Return of the Jedi Star Wars - Ewok Adventure
Star Wars - The Arcade Game Star Wars - The Empire Strikes Back Stargunner
Starmaster Steeplechase Stellar Track / Stella Trek
Stone Age Strategy X Strawberry Shortcake
Street Racer - Speedway II Stronghold Stunt Man / Nightmare
Sub-Scan Subterfuge Submarine Commander Seawolf 3 Subterranea Tarantula
Summer Games Super Ferrari / Enduro Super Box / Realsports Boxing
Super Cobra Super Soccer / Realsports Soccer Super Tennis
Super Volleyball Surround / Chase Blockade Survival Run / Cosmic Commander
Tac-Scan Tank Brigade Tank City / Thunderground
Tanks But No Tanks aka Phantom Tank Tapeworm Tapper
Targ Target Practice Carnival Task Force / Gangster Alley
Tax Avoiders Tennis Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Threshold Thunderground Thwocker
Time Pilot Time Wrap Title Match Pro Wrestling
Tomarc The Barbarian Tomat - The F-14 Fighter Simulator Tooth Protectors
Towering Inferno Trick Shot Tron - Deadly Discs
Tunnel Runner - Black Box Turmoil Tutankham
Universal Chaos / Targ Up n' Down Video Cube
Video Jogger Foot Craze Video Life Video Reflex Foot Craze
Volleyball / Realsports Volleyball Wabbit Wall Defender / Wall Break
Wall Ball Warplock Wings
Winter Games Wizard of Wor Word Zapper / Word Grabber
Worm War I X-Man Z-Tack / Base Attack
Zaxxon Zoo Fun

Viewable Cartridges

These cartridges are currently viewable only as image and video presentations at the request of Atari, Inc.

3D Tic-Tac-Toe Adventure Air-Sea Battle
Alpha Beam With Ernie Aquaventure Asteroids
Atari Video Cube Backgammon Basketball
Battlezone Berzerk Blackjack
BMX Air Master Bowling Breakout
Bugs Bunny Canyon Bomber Casino
Centipede Championship Soccer Combat
Combat II (Prototype) Computer Chess (Prototype) Crack'ed (Prototype)
Crazy Climber Crossbow Crystal Castles
Dark Chambers Defender Defender II
Demons to Diamonds / Hot Rox Desert Falcon / Nile Flyer Dig Dug
Dodge 'em - Dodger Cars Head On Donald Duck's Speedboat Donkey Kong
Donkey Kong Jr. Double Dunk Super Basketball Dukes of Hazzard
Dumbo's Flying Circus Dune E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
Elevator Action Fatal Run Ultimate Driving Flag Capture
Football Frog Pond Galaxian
Garfield on the Run Championship Golf Gorf
Gravitar Gremlins Hangman
Holey Moley / Honker Bonker Home Run Baseball Human Cannonball - Cannon Man
Hunt and Score / Memory Match Ikari Warriors Indy 500 - Race Car
Joust Jr. Pac-Man Jungle Hunt
Kangaroo Klax Krull
Mario Bros. Math Gran Prix Maze Craze - A Game of Cops N Robbers
Midnight Magic - Pinball Wizard Millipede Mind Maze
Miniature Golf - Arcade Golf Miss Piggy's Wedding Missile Command
Monstercise Moon Patrol Motorodeo / Motor Olympics
Mouse Trap Ms. Pac-Man Night Driver
Obelix Off The Wall Othello
Outlaw / Gunslinger Pac-Man Peek-a-Boo
Pengo Pepsi Invaders Phoenix
Pigs in Space Starring Miss Piggy Pole Position Polo
Q-Bert Quadrun Rabbit Transit
Raiders of the Lost Ark Radar Lock Dog Fight Realsports Baseball
Realsports Boxing Realsports Football Realsports Soccer
Realsports Tennis Realsports Volleyball Road Runner
Rubik's Cube Rubik's Cube / Atari Video Cube Saboteur Sabotage
Sky Diver / Dare Diver Slot Machine Slot Racers
Snoopy and the Red Baron Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Solaris Universe | The Last Starfighter
Last Starfighter Sorcerer's Apprentice Space Invaders
Space War - Space Combat Sprint Master / Sprint 88 Star Raiders
Star Ship Stargate Stunt Cycle
Super Baseball Super Breakout Super Football
Swordquest - Earthworld Adventure Swordquest - Fireworld Adventure Swordquest - Waterworld Adventure
Taz Tazz Tempest Track and Field
Vanguard Venture Video Checkers
Video Chess Video Olympics Video Pinball
Warlords / Kings in the Corner Wizard Xenophobe
Xevious Yars Revenge
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Pitfall! is a video game released by Activision for the Atari 2600 in 1982. It is the second best-selling game made for the Atari 2600 (after Pac-Man), with over 4 million copies sold. The player must maneuver a character (Pitfall Harry) through a maze-like jungle in an attempt to recover 32 treasures in a 20-minute time period. Along the way, he must negotiate numerous hazards, including pits, quicksand, rolling logs, fire, rattlesnakes, scorpions, and crocodiles. Harry may jump over or...
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Click here to view the manual to this game. Frogger is an arcade game introduced in 1981. It was developed by Konami, and licensed for worldwide distribution by Sega/Gremlin. The object of the game is to direct frogs to their homes one by one. To do this, each frog must avoid cars while crossing a busy road and navigate a river full of hazards. Skillful players may obtain some bonuses along the way. The game is regarded as a classic from the golden age of video arcade games and was noted for...
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Click here to view the manual to this game. River Raid is a scrolling shooter video game designed and developed by Carol Shaw, and published by Activision in 1982 for the Atari 2600 video game console. Activision later ported the title to the Atari 5200, ColecoVision, and Intellivision game consoles, as well as to the Commodore 64, IBM PCjr, MSX, ZX Spectrum, and Atari 8-bit family home computers. Viewing from a top-down perspective, the player flies a fighter jet over the River of No Return in...
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Click here to view the manual to this game. Adventures of Tron is an action game produced by Mattel, and was released for the Atari 2600 in 1982. It is based on the Disney film Tron and received fairly positive reviews from critics. The game environment consists of 4 floors, each with flying "bits" as well as enemy MCP attackers: Recognizers, Light Tanks, and Grid Bugs. The objective of the game is to control Tron (you) in a maze of platforms and elevators while trying to intercept...
Custer's Revenge is a controversial video game made for the Atari 2600 by Mystique, a company that produced a number of adult video game titles for the system. The player character is based on General George Armstrong Custer. The game was first released on October 13, 1982, and has received significant criticism because of its crude simulation of a rape of a Native American woman. In the game, the player controls the character of Custer, depicted as a man wearing nothing but a cavalry hat,...
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Originally planned as a pack-in cassette title for Amiga's never released Power Module peripheral, and later as one of three 3-D games on the first Power Play Arcade cart. 3 different prototypes exist, each being a different level of the game. Unfortunately, none of the prototypes are 100% complete, but two are playable. The game uses the traditional red/blue anaglyph glasses. Catalog description: 'They say the mansion is haunted. But nobody really knows for sure. And you've just got to find...
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Click here to view the manual to this game. Atari's Pole Position was a hot arcade title back in the early 80's. Activision's take on the genre starts with the basic racing premise of Pole Position and expands upon it in several ways. In Enduro, you must pass as many cars as possible in a single "day." You will do this in sunshine, in the fog, at night, and also in the snow. Gameplay requires quick reflexes at high speeds as you fly by the other cars on the road. Like other Activision...
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Click here to view the manual to this game. Chopper Command is a video game by Activision released for the Atari 2600 game console in June 1982. The game was successful due to its perceived superiority to Atari's home version of Defender; Chopper Command shares many similarities in gameplay to Defender. Chopper Command was programmed by Bob Whitehead. Chopper Command involves the player controlling a military helicopter in a desert scenario protecting a convoy of tractor trailers that are in...
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Click here or here to read the manual for this game. Adventure, a video game cartridge for the Atari 2600 video game console, was the first action-adventure video game. It was published by Atari Inc. in 1978, and sold 1 million copies. Adventure introduced the idea of movable objects (represented by visible icons) that could be picked up by the player (using a joystick) and moved from place to place in the game world. It was also one of the first video games to allow the player to explore a...
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Star Wars is an arcade game produced by Atari Inc. and released in 1983. The game is a first person space simulator, simulating the attack on the Death Star from the final act of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. The game is composed of 3D color vector graphics. The player assumes the role of Luke Skywalker ("Red Five"), as he pilots an X-wing fighter from a first-person perspective. Unlike other arcade games of similar nature, the player does not have to destroy every enemy in order...
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Click here to view the manual for this game. Alien is based on the classic thriller film of the same name, although you'd be hard pressed to recognize it if not for the cart label with its artwork depicting the movie. Fox Video Games basically took the movie and translated it into game action through a maze format that's very reminiscent of Pac-Man. The maze is supposed to represent the inside of a spaceship that has been infested with alien beings. Adult aliens are loose in the ship, laying...
Click here to view the manual to this game. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back is a scrolling shooter video game published by Parker Brothers in 1982 for the Atari 2600 and in 1983 for the Mattel Intellivision. It was the first Star Wars video game. In the game, the player controls a snowspeeder to battle against Imperial AT-AT walkers on the planet Hoth. The goal is to hold off the walkers as long as possible before they blow up the power generator at the Rebels' Echo Base. The difficulty...
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Boxing is an Atari 2600 video game based on the sport of boxing. The game was designed by Activision programmer Bob Whitehead. Boxing shows a top-down view of two boxers, one white and one black. When close enough, a boxer can hit his opponent with a punch (executed by pressing the fire button on the Atari joystick). This causes his opponent to reel back slightly. Long punches score one point, while closer punches (power punches, from the manual) score two. There are no knockdowns or rounds. A...
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To read the manual for this game, click here. Pitfall II: Lost Caverns is a platforming video game originally released for the Atari 2600 video game console in 1984. It is the sequel to the popular Pitfall!. Both games were designed and written by David Crane and published by Activision. The star of the games is Pitfall Harry, an 8-bit jungle explorer. The game's plot was later remade loosely into Super Pitfall. The original Pitfall! has Harry exploring a jungle, collecting treasures, and...
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California Games is a 1987 Epyx sports video game for many home computers and video game consoles. Branching from their popular Summer Games and Winter Games series, this game consisted of some sports purportedly popular in California including skateboarding, freestyle footbag, surfing, roller skating, flying disc (frisbee) and BMX. The game sold very well, topping game selling charts for winter months. It also got very positive reaction from reviewers, many of whom consider California Games to...
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Spy Hunter is a 1983 arcade game developed and released by Bally Midway. It has also been ported to various home computers and video game systems. As a cabinet-style arcade game, Spy Hunter was produced in both sit-down and standard upright versions with the latter being more common. The game's controls consist of a steering wheel in the form of a futuristic aircraft-style yoke with several special-purpose buttons, a two-position stick shift (offering 'low' and 'high' gears), and a pedal used...
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Click here to view the manual to this game. H.E.R.O. (an acronym standing for Helicopter Emergency Rescue Operation) is a single-player video game published by Activision. First developed for the Atari 2600 and released in March 1984, the game was ported to many of the home computers and gaming consoles of that era. The player assumes control of Roderick Hero (sometimes styled as "R. Hero", a play on "our hero"), a one-man rescue team. Miners working in Mount Leone are...
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Halo 2600 is an action-adventure video game developed for the Atari 2600 video game console, inspired by the Halo series of video games. The player uses the joystick to control the character of Master Chief as he makes his way through 64 screens, divided into four zones: outdoors, Covenant base, ice world, and a final boss area. Weapons and power-ups are available to combat the many enemies that appear. The player and enemies can each be killed by one hit unless a shield is collected. There are...
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Zaxxon is a 1982 isometric shooter arcade game developed and released by Sega. Some sources claim that Japanese electronics company Ikegami Tsushinki also worked on the development of Zaxxon. The game gives the player the experience of flying a fighter craft through a fortress while shooting at enemy entities (missiles, enemy gunfire, etc.) The object of the game is to hit as many targets as possible without being shot down or running out of fuel—which can be replenished, paradoxically, by...
Click here to view the manual to this game. Double Dragon is a 1987 beat 'em up developed by Technōs Japan and distributed in North America and Europe by Taito Corporation. The game is a spiritual and technological successor to Technos' earlier beat 'em up, Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun (released outside of Japan by Taito as Renegade), but introduced several additions such as two-player cooperative gameplay and the ability to arm oneself with an enemy's weapon after disarming them. Double Dragon is...
The classic arcade game as ported by Ron Surratt and Patrica Lewis Du Long (The description below courtesy of MobyGames via a CC license.) You play as Chef Pepper and your goal is to make giant hamburgers while evil eggs, sausages and pickles chase you around the game area. To properly make a hamburger you must assemble all of the ingredients together, dropping them from higher up onto the burger area below. To actually do this you have to let Chef Pepper step over every burger ingredient. As...
Return of the Jedi: Death Star Battle is a Shoot 'em up video game published by Parker Brothers in 1983 for various Atari platforms and in 1984 for the Sinclair ZX Spectrum. It was the first released video game to be based on the movie Return of the Jedi. In the game, the player controls the Millennium Falcon with the aim of destroying the second Death Star. The game is split into two stages. In the first, the player must shoot enemy TIE fighters while waiting for an opportunity to pass through...
Click here to view the manual to this game. While numerous Activision games were ported from the 2600 to computers, this game is actually a port of the Commodore 64 game by David Crane. Following the 1984 hit movie, the game stars the Ghostbusters who patrol the city trapping rampaging ghosts, taking them back to their headquarters, and finally facing the Stay-Puft marshmallow man. Dan Kitchen's port incorporates nearly all of the computer game's complex gameplay, although the graphics had to...
Click here to view the manual to this game. Commando is a fairly decent port of the arcade game of the same name, even though a lot of sacrifices had to be made in order to fit it into an Atari 2600 cartridge. You are an elite soldier given the task of defeating an evil army by advancing through several different areas, using your rifle and your grenades to destroy any opposition which may try to stop you. At the end of each level you will encounter an enemy base, at which point you must defeat...
Click here to view the manual to this game. Barnstorming is an Atari 2600 video game designed by Steve Cartwright and published by Activision in 1982. Barnstorming was the first game designed by Cartwright. The player must pilot a biplane through a series of barns in the shortest time possible while dodging windmills, weather vanes, and geese. Bumping into anything slows down the plane for a couple of seconds, increasing the overall time.
Click here to view the manual to this game. Chuck Norris Superkicks is a 1983 video game produced by Xonox where the player takes control of Chuck Norris himself. It was also sold as Kung Fu Superkicks when the license for the use of the name 'Chuck Norris' expired. The game was produced for the Commodore 64, Commodore VIC-20, Atari 2600, and Colecovision as part of Xonox's double-ender cartridge line (cartridges with two games and two connectors that were flipped over depending on which one...
Designed by Howard Scott Warshaw, this game was originally created under the name Saboteur with slightly different graphics. Atari decided that the A-Team would be a more marketable cartridge, but ultimately it wasn't released either. The game is very playable and appears nearly complete, with three levels of gameplay.
Dragonfire is a cartridge and download-based video game developed and published by Imagic in which the player grabs treasure guarded by a dragon whilst avoiding fireballs. The king's treasures have been stolen! As the daring young prince, your goal is to recover them all. The treasures are being kept in various castles, each one guarded by a fire breathing dragon. Each level in the game has two parts; first you will need to cross the castle's drawbridge. You will have to jump and duck the...
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Click here to view the manual to this game. The Activision Decathlon is a sports game for the Atari 8-bit, Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Commodore 64, ColecoVision and MSX platforms. Up to four players compete in the ten different events of a real-life decathlon, either in sequence or individually. The game was later reissued simply as Decathlon by the UK budget label Firebird. (The following description courtesy of MobyGames via a CC license.) The Activision Decathlon is a series of Olympic games...
Click here to view the manual to this game. Airlock was developed by Data Age. In Airlock, you're in command of a crippled nuclear submarine that has come to rest on a ledge perilously close to a gaping hold in the floor of the ocean. Battered by currents welling up from deep inside the earth, water has begun to creep into your vessel in its lowest levels. Your objective is to retrieve the hatch keys on each level and get the heck out before the compartment floods. You also have to avoid the...
Click here to view the manual to this game. Artillery Duel is a strategy game and artillery clone for home console and computer systems developed by Xonox. Artillery Duel was featured in a few double-ender configurations as well as in a single cartridge. Artillery Duel takes gameplay common to many games of the time and adapts it to the limitations of the Atari 2600. The game consists of dueling cannons on either side of a hill or mountain of varying height and shape. Each player has control of...
Click here to view the manual to this game. The first sequel to Q*bert, titled Q*bert's Qubes, was released in 1983. It was manufactured by Mylstar Electronics,[Note 3] and used the same hardware as the original. The game features Q*bert, but introduces new enemies: Meltniks, Soobops, and Rat-A-Tat-Tat. The player navigates the protagonist around a plane of cubes while avoiding enemies. Jumping on a cube causes it to rotate, changing the color of the visible sides of the cube. The goal is to...
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X-Man is a pornographic video game made for the Atari 2600 by Universal Gamex, programmed by Alan Roberts and H. K. Poon. This game was released in 1983. In the game, the player controls a naked man at a labyrinth. The objective is to reach the door at the center of the labyrinth avoiding scissors, crabs or teeth. Clearing the challenge, the player enters a bonus stage simulating a sexual relation of a man and a woman.
Click here to view the manual to this game. Activision Tennis is a 1981 Atari 2600 video game by Activision. It was one of a series of sports games by Activision, which also included 1980's Activision Boxing. Activision Tennis was designed by Activision co-founder, Alan Miller. Activision Tennis is played for one set of games, in which the first player to win six games won the competition. One of the players on the screen appears in pink; the other one in blue. Most of tennis' rules applied to...
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Click here to view the manual to this game. Spider-Man is an action video game released in 1982 by Parker Brothers for the Atari 2600. It was the first video game to feature Spider-Man and also the first Marvel Comics based video game. The game involves players controlling Spider-Man to scale a building using his web shooters in order to defuse bombs planted by the Green Goblin. Spider-Man is only able to use his web lines to move up the building, and if touched by enemies they will cut the...
Click here to view the manual to this game. Grand Prix is a Formula One Grand Prix motor racing-themed video game, and one of the first side-scrolling racing video games. It was designed and programmed by David Crane for the Atari 2600 video game console, and published by Activision in 1982. Grand Prix was the first Atari 2600 game to feature shaded objects in color. When David Crane developed an Atari 2600 programming technique for painting large, multicolored sprites on the screen, he made a...
Montezuma's Revenge is a video game for Atari home computers, Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Apple II, ColecoVision, Commodore 64, IBM PC, Sega Master System, and ZX Spectrum. It was created by Robert Jaeger and published in 1984 by Parker Brothers. The game's title references a colloquial American English expression for diarrhea contracted while visiting Mexico. Montezuma's Revenge was one of the first platform games: an action game combining treasure hunting, multiple rooms, and puzzle solving. The...
Click here to view the manual to this game. You're the pilot of an F-14 assault jet, assigned to the dangerous mission of taking out an enemy bridge at the top of a heavily guarded river. In River Raid II, the gameplay is similar to the original River Raid, but with a few additions. For each mission you start out on an aircraft carrier. After a successful takeoff, you need to get past enemy forces located over the ocean which guard the entrance to the river. Make sure to collect plenty of fuel...
Star Trek: Strategic Operations Simulator is an arcade action game where you take control of the Starship Enterprise. Your mission is to save the Federation from NOMAD! Before you get a chance at destroying NOMAD, you'll have to battle your way through ten levels (each consisting of multiple rounds). In each round you may encounter Klingon fighters, deadly anti-matter saucers, asteroid fields, and deadly meteors, all of which are capable of depleting the Enterprises energy. The game ends when...
King Kong is on the loose! He's kidnapped a lady, scaled a tall building, and has started chucking bombs at the player's hero. The mission is simple enough: climb the ladders, avoid the bombs, and rescue the damsel. Sound familiar? It should. King Kong was a lousy Donkey Kong clone for the Atari VCS which existed, in part, to justify Universal Studios' lawsuit against Nintendo and Coleco at the time the game was released. Universal had sued both of these parties, claiming that Donkey Kong was...
Click here to view the manual to this game. Keystone Kapers was a 1983 game published by Activision for the Atari 2600, and later ported to Atari 5200, Atari 8-bit family, ColecoVision and MSX. Inspired by Mack Sennett's slapstick Keystone Cops series of silent films, the object of the game is for Officer Keystone Kelly (the user) to catch Harry Hooligan before he can escape from the department store. In this game, Officer Kelly and Harry are in a four story department store. Each round Kelly...
James Bond 007 is a 1983 side-scrolling video game developed and published by Parker Brothers for the Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Atari 8-bit computers, Commodore 64, ColecoVision and distributed in Japan by Tsukuda Original for the Sega SG-1000. Players control the British spy James Bond's multi-purpose vehicle that can travel both land and sea. Players can shoot lasers upward towards aerial opponents or bullets downwards at other enemies. They must also jump over obstacles and dodge enemy attacks.
Easily one of the most loved games on the 2600, Demon Attack is a shooter that really shows off the colorful graphics that were a staple of the Imagic library. At first glance one might mistake Demon Attack for Phoenix. This is due to the waves of bird-like aliens that swoop down at your lonely laser cannon. The pulsing sounds rise in pitch as you destroy the creatures one by one. Just when you think you've wiped them all out, another wave begins, this time even harder than the last one. Many...
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Click here to view the manual to this game. Despite the title, this game has nothing to do with Atari’s Gauntlet arcade game (which was actually inspired by the 7800 version of Dark Chambers). This game was never sold with a box, just a flimsy foam casing. It was only available via mail order direct from the company, making it one of the hardest games to find.
Lord of the Rings: Journey to Rivendell was a video game that was scheduled to be released on the Atari 2600 and published by Parker Brothers. It was announced in 1983 in Parker Brothers catalog. However, it was never released, and it was believed to have had little or no work done on the game's coding. Twenty years later, a former Parker Brothers employee gave a prototype of the game to the operator of the AtariAge website. Surprisingly, the game was quite complex and seemed to be complete....
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Click here to view the manual for this game. Assault is a shoot 'em up video game released in 1983 in the United States by Onbase for the Atari 2600. The player is presented with an alien mother ship, which continually deploys three smaller ships during play. The mother ship and the smaller vessels shoot at a weapon the player is in command of, and the player's aim is to eliminate the opposition while preventing the weapon from receiving enough fire to destroy it. (The following description...
Click here to view the manual to this game. Freeway is a video game designed by David Crane for the Atari 2600 video game console. It was published by Activision in 1981. Freeway was one of the first titles released by Activision in their effort to publish independent games for the Atari 2600. One or two players control chickens who can be made to run across a ten lane highway filled with traffic in an effort to "get to the other side." Every time a chicken gets across a point is...
Click here to view the manual to this game. Seaquest is an Atari 2600 video game designed by Steve Cartwright and published by Activision in 1983. Seaquest is a submarine combat game in which the player controls a water vessel and must avoid, collect, or destroy various objects at different levels of depth. The player must pick up divers under water and must get air from the surface before the air meter drains out. Like other Atari 2600 games, Seaquest features two modes. The first mode is a...
Bank Heist is a maze video game developed by 20th Century Fox for the Atari 2600. Each level in Bank Heist is a maze-like city (similar to Pac-Man). The objective of the game is to rob as many banks as possible while avoiding the police. (The description below courtesy of MobyGames via a CC license.) You are a bank robber, driving around a maze of streets (representing the city) in a 1930's style car. Your purpose is clear: perform "bank heists" by driving across white-pillared...
Click here to view the manual to this game. Based on the movie from Walt Disney, you play a man trapped in a computer world who must keep moving to avoid being hurt. Enemies will come at you three at a time, and will throw discs at you. You must keep moving to avoid them while also firing discs right back at them. There are different doors you can enter that will teleport you to another part of the room, giving you a chance to catch the enemies off guard. There are two skill levels, and the...
G.I. Joe: Cobra Strike allows up to three players to play at the same time. The paddles control the two G.I. Joe guns, while the joystick controls the Cobra snake. As G.I. Joe, your mission is to protect the troops running across the bottom of the screen. Use the paddles to move your shield, blocking the snake's venom and laser beams. At the same time, you also need to shoot the snake in the eyes by pressing the fire button. Eight hits will destroy the snake allowing you to advance to the next...
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Popeye is a 1982 arcade game developed and released by Nintendo based on the Popeye cartoon characters licensed from King Features Syndicate. Some sources claim that Ikegami Tsushinki also did design work on Popeye. The Atari version was developed by Nintendo, and published by Parker Brothers in 1983.
Published by Dimax and Sinmax in PAL territories. The object of the game is to hit as many falling stars, unknown spaceships, spinning bombs and space monsters without being hit yourself, with the game speeding up to give more challenge as the score grows.
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Star Fox is a video game for the Atari 2600 console, developed and published by Mythicon in 1983. Although the front cover of the game states "Game 1 in the Star Fox Series," no sequels were ever made. The game takes place in the year 4024 AD. The story begins as a robot freighter carrying a cargo of extremely valuable trimetalisium energy crystals crash lands on the planetoid Beta-7. An enemy star cruiser, escorted by a squadron of fighter drones, is en route to the planetoid to...
A port of Midway's 1981 arcade game. Wizard of Wor is an action-oriented game for one or two players. The game takes the form of several maze-like dungeons infested with monsters. The players' characters, called Worriors, have to kill all the monsters. Player one has yellow Worriors, on the right, and player two has blue Worriors, on the left. In a two-player game, the players are also able to shoot each other's Worriors, earning bonus points and causing the other player to lose a life....
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Bump 'n' Jump, known in Japan as Burnin' Rubber (バーニンラバー Bānin Rabā?), is a 1982 Japanese arcade game created by Data East Corporation for its DECO Cassette System. The game was also published by Bally Midway. The 2600 port was created by Telegames. (The description below courtesy of MobyGames via a CC license.) Bump 'N' Jump is an action racing game played from a top down point of view. As you race through the treacherous and ever changing roadways, the numerous enemy cars will...
Star Wars: Jedi Arena is a 2D overhead shooter video game published by Parker Brothers in 1983 for the Atari 2600. In the game, two Jedi Knights, one blue and one red, face each other during lightsaber training. Player one is blue, the red Jedi is either a human or computer controlled opponent. The player controls his lightsaber with the paddle controller, defending himself from the laser blasts coming from the Seeker ball, fired by the opponent. The Seeker will regularly go wild and fire laser...
Earth Attack is a Canadian-released copy of Atari's arcade title Defender. Players cruise through the sky shooting enemy UFOs and rescuing the humanoids that the aliens are trying to abduct. In addition to "smart bombs" which decimate all enemies on screen, the player's spacecraft controls also include a "hyperspace" option (immediate teleporation to a random area of the playfield) inspired by the similarly-named feature from the arcade classic Asteroids.
Each time you turn on SPACE INVADERS you will be at war with enemies from space who are threatening the earth. Your objective is to destroy these invaders by firing your "laser cannon." You must wipe out the invaders either before they reach the earth (bottom of the screen), or before they hit you three times with their "laser bombs." Your long-term objective is to score as many points as possible. Points are scored each time you hit one of the SPACE INVADERS. They are worth...
Also known as Keystone Kapers. (Description courtesy of MobyGames via a CC license.) The notorious thief Harry Hooligan is on the loose! You play the part of Officer Keystone Kelly, sent in to capture Harry. Harry is trapped in a four story mall, and is running as fast as he can to reach the exit at the top. Your job is to catch up to him and send him to prison. You will need to use either the escalators at the end of each floor, or the elevator in the middle to go from floor to floor. The...
You're a hunter on a jungle safari in search of Congo Bongo, a mischievous gorilla. First you must climb a mountain, avoiding the coconuts that the gorilla throws at you. Then, climb Monkey Plateau, where a couple of annoying chimps jump on your back to slow you down. Next, cross the river by jumping on lily pads, logs, and fish (in a Frogger-esque manner). Finally you'll reach Congo Bongo and light him on fire!
Bachelor Party is an adult-themed video game for the Atari 2600 developed by Mystique. The game is a simplified version of Breakout where the "ball" is made to look like a nude man and the "bricks" are made to look like nude women and the man bounces back and forth horizontally rather than vertically. (The description below courtesy of MobyGames via a CC license.) An Adult Video Game was unheard of in the early days of console game. Regardless, Bachelor Party was one of...
Journey Escape is a videogame developed and manufactured by Data Age in San Jose, California for the Atari 2600 console, and released in 1982. It stars the rock band Journey, one of the world's most popular acts at the time, and is based on their album Escape. The player must lead the band members to their "Scarab Escape Vehicle" (as featured on the cover) and protect the concert cash from "love-crazed" groupies, sneaky photographers, stage barriers and...
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Click here to view the manual to this game. After Mattel spun off it's electronics division, many M-Network games were sold under the INTV name. This is one of those games. Air Raiders is a simple flight simulator and dogfighting game. Shoot the planes, avoid the flak. You have a limited amount of ammuntion and fuel. Shoot down 10 planes and you can land to refuel, but you may lose ammo. You'll only be given as much ammunition as you successfully used to shoot down planes the last time up. (The...
It's the 25th Century. You are Buck Rogers fighting the battle of Planet Zoom. Skillfully slip through zapping electron posts, dodge and destroy deadly space hoppers and alien saucers. Your race against death has just begun! Prepare for battle with your most powerful enemy...the Mother Ship! It's never easy when it's do or die. You must hit the Mother Ship with two deadly shots. Anything less will only waste precious time. Aim steady but hurry, your time is dangerously low!
Click here to view the manual to this game. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (also referred to simply as E.T.) is a 1982 adventure video game developed and published by Atari, Inc. for the Atari 2600 video game console. It is based on the film of the same name, and was designed by Howard Scott Warshaw. The objective of the game is to guide the eponymous character through various screens to collect three pieces of an interplanetary telephone that will allow him to contact his home planet. Warshaw...
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Beat 'Em and Eat 'Em is a pornographic video game for the Atari 2600 video game console by Mystique in 1982. Players control two nude women on the street who must catch sperm in their mouths that comes from a masturbating man on a rooftop without missing. (The description below courtesy of MobyGames via a CC license.) This adult game is reminiscent of Activision's Kaboom!. As a man at the top of the building masturbates and ejaculates, you, as the player, must catch all the drops in your...
Click here to view the manual to this game. Frostbite is a 1983 arcade game designed by Steve Cartwright for the Atari 2600 video game console. It was published by Activision in 1983. The object of the game is to help Frostbite Bailey build igloos by jumping on floating blocks of ice, while trying to avoid deadly hazards like clams, snow geese, Alaskan king crabs, grizzly-looking polar bears, and the rapidly dropping temperature.
A beta version of the Atari 2600 game Freeway which contained a human with blood splatters instead of a more kid-friendly chicken. (The description of the game "Freeway" below courtesy of MobyGames via a CC license.) In Freeway, your job is to help the chicken cross the road! Each time you successfully guide the chicken across ten lanes of freeway traffic, you earn a point. Try to score as many points as you can by the end of the 2 minute 16 second time limit! In the two player game,...